Sunday, 14 February 2010

Happy hearts

To be frank, I didn't feel like doing anything to celebrate Valentine's Day today. For one thing, I harbour an animosity towards anything that's highly commercialised, especially in these times when so many people are having to do without. For another, Sofia had an accident on Friday which led to a lot of tears and a visit to A&E. Thankfully, she didn't need any stitches, but she has quite a nasty rip on her upper lip which means no rigorous activities for her for the next few days. Sofia not doing rigorous activities would be like the sun not being hot. Or something like that. My brain's not working very well right now.

Anyway, this little girl who can turn listening to music into a major head-banging event is now under strict orders to not even consider jumping or running or spinning around (the very activity that led to her splitting her lip open). It's quite funny seeing how her restlessness builds up as she watches a film or does painting or some other gentle activity. She somehow starts bouncing on her chair. Before long, she's sitting on the armrest, or has somehow slid across it, her legs dangling in the air. Or you just find her standing on the chair, squeezing in a jump or two when she thinks nobody's looking.

This morning, I left her and Lucas for a few minutes painting Lucas's junk modelling project. When I came back, she had somehow covered the crafting table and herself in green paint. The little rascal. :)

We decided to bake some cupcakes this afternoon because, as it turns out, today is Hissy's birthday, according to Lucas. Hissy is Lucas's beanie snake, a member of the family long before Lucas came along. We couldn't not celebrate, could we? So out came the heart-shaped cupcake cases, and into them we poured our double chocolate cupcake batter.

And we got these:

And here are the kids with the birthday boy. Notice the little girl about to sneak a cupcake away. She kept holding on to it until I finished taking their photos. If you look closely, you'll see the dark mark on her upper lip. Two days ago, it looked as if part of her lip was about to fall off, but now it has sealed up beautifully. Just a few more days, little one, and we can do some runningjumpingspinningaround again.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010


Is it February already? Goodness me, time flies indeed! In a few weeks' time, Sofia will start at preschool. She'll be doing two sessions a week until September, when she goes full time. My little baby is growing up so fast.

She and I spent most of the morning playing with dolls and planning what to do with her kokeshi amigurumi once they're done. Poor Sofia, having a mother who's possibly the slowest crocheter (crochetist?) in the world. I've only just managed to finish the body and one sleeve for her first doll. I hope I can finish at least two dolls by the end of this week. She's been cooing over the pictures that came with the patterns I bought at Etsy, and saying things like, 'I can't wait for my new dolls because I'm going to have a snuggle with them!' Sweet.

We took a break off dolls this afternoon, though, to do our Candlemas activity for the year. We started the tradition last year, and the kids really enjoyed decorating candles with melted crayons last year. This year, we decided to make our own little candles from old ones. We only managed to find a few old candles that we were happy to get rid of so it was a small lot of candles that we came up with. We had a lot of fun watching the old bits of wax melt anyway, and pouring the wax into the waiting ceramic pots.

Here's an empty pot with a waiting wick:

The melted wax gets poured into the pot:

Et voila! New old candles:

We had dinner by candlelight, of course. And by candlelight I mean a great number of candles. S managed to take some photos of the kids during dinner:

And so now we'll just sit back and wait for spring—and hopefully milder weather—to return.

eric carle fangirl kokeshi